Women’s History Museum of Zambia today presents “Leading Ladies”– a short animated Zambian podcast web series about historical women who lived between 17th and 19th century and took significant leadership positions.
The podcast came out as a collaboration between the Women’s History Museum and Hivos Southern Africa Region. The museum provided the stories documented in the National Archives of Zambia and cooperated with local artists to revive them. The stories tell about women from all the 10 Zambian provinces and have been given archetype titles like: “The General”, “The Innovator”, “The Feminist”, “The Warrior”, “The Secretary of State”, “The Diplomat”, “The Peacemaker”, “The Head of State”, “The Politician” ,“The Power Broker”.
The stories were written by Mulenga Kapwepwe and the podcast was produced by Samba Yonga, both are the co-founders of the museum. The soundtrack features Esther Chungu with the song “Mama”, produced by Mag 44. The illustrations were made by the young illustrator Black Rose the Artist.
“These stories challenge the idea that, in the past, women were not capable of being leaders or contributing significantly to our societies”, co-founder of the museum and story writer, Mulenga Kapwepwe, said.
According to a plan this will be a travelling exhibition which can be broadcasted on many platforms such as radio and TV both locally and internationally.
“The aim of the series is to highlight and mainstream these stories so Zambia’s historical narrative gains new knowledge and perceptions of women are influenced positively”, co-founder of the museum and producer of the podcast, Samba Yonga, said.
The broadcasting of the series starts today on March 27, 2019 on all the museum’s online platforms. The web series will be free and available for everyone to watch.
About the Women’s History Museum
The Women’s History Museum of Zambia was set up to document and revive narratives of African history with a specific focus on women.
- To research, preserve and restore African indigenous knowledge and living histories focused on women.
- To introduce new cultural and historical knowledge through demystifying, popularising and functionalising indigenous knowledge.
- To set an agenda of how African history on women is learned, how it is consumed and functionalised.